I was asked to photograph 150 people in three neighborhoods within Brooklyn for their next street style issue. My assigned neighborhoods were: Williamsburg, Bed-stuy, and Flatbush. It was a tall order so I strapped on my shoes, began loitering, and looked for cool people.
It’s always a bit uncomfortable approaching strangers for portraits. Some peope think I'm trying to sell something. Most don’t have time to stop, and others act like they're too cool. However, the majority of people are super excited to be noticed.
I realized that an honest complement was a great conversation starter, and it turns out that complimenting strangers makes me really happy. Since then I’ve tried to make a point to say something when I genuinely think someone looks amazing.
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